Feb 072014
 
Penn State commit Koa Farmer with coach James Franklin during a campus visit. (Instagram photo, Koa Farmer)

Penn State commit Koa Farmer with coach James Franklin during a campus visit. (Instagram photo, Koa Farmer)

By Finebaum Fan.

The day after his interview with James Franklin went viral around the college football world, ESPN radio host, Paul Finebaum, took time on air to reflect on it with his audience.

Franklin, head football coach at Penn State, has been criticized for “poaching” five recruits who had committed to Vanderbilt – a practice popularly known as “flipping recruits”.

Finebaum began the show with an analysis of the interview.

“That was not something I was in the weeds waiting for.  I’ve been friends with James Franklin for a while.”

“I’ve been a fan of his for a long time.  I think my record is pretty public on that. This isn’t a coach that I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into.”

He went on to elaborate on the thoughts he had during the interview.

“I was expecting James Franklin, the person I know and have great respect for, to give an honest answer.”

“I just felt like I needed to try to get an answer because he went into ‘coach speak'”.

“That’s all there was to it… But I just felt like I needed to explain that.”

“I’ve always liked him. Yesterday’s interview didn’t change any of that.  I just felt like he gave a really bad answer…”

Franklin appeared on the Dan Patrick Show in January to discuss recruiting etiquette and his reasoning for flipping Vanderbilt commits to Penn State.

Listen to a compilation of comments made by Finebaum and some of his callers during the show:

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Feb 052014
 

By Finebaum Fan.

Auburn High School’s Rashaan Evans shocked the college football world by choosing The University of Alabama over hometown Auburn University – and it only took “a second”.

Evans is a fast five-star linebacker who is expected to assist the Tide in slowing the quicker “spread-type offenses” which have become more dominate in the SEC.

Here’s what “Twitterverse” has to say about it:


Feb 052014
 


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Sep 132013
 

From Bizjournals.com by Erik Spanberg.

On Saturday, another college football game of the century arrives. This time, it’s Alabama versus Texas A&M.

You will recall that Alabama has won three of the past four national championships, while A&M is a threatening Johnny (Manziel)-come-lately to the Southeastern Conference thanks to its Heisman-winning quarteback. Manziel, the cover boy on last week’s issue of Time, makes the match-up all the more intriguing since what he does off the field is almost as exciting as what he does on it. Since the Aggies beat Bama in Tuscaloosa last season, a side dish of revenge can also be enjoyed in the run-up to kick-off (CBS, 3:30 p.m., in case you forgot).

That the game involves two SEC schools makes it all the better (apologies, ACC fans). A&M’s Kyle Field is the site of the game and, as with almost any SEC match-up, you can expect a roaring full house. Alabama, A&M and the other 12 schools in the conference routinely lead the nation in attendance at college games.

Which explains, in part, why a mild-mannered man in late-middle-age named Paul Finebaum has managed to convert a Birmingham sports-talk show into a national role at ESPN. Last month, Finebaum took up residence in Charlotte, working out of ESPN’s Ballantyne studios on his relaunched radio show and planning for a daily national simulcast on the new SEC cable network in August 2014.

In tomorrow’s print edition of the Charlotte Business Journal, you can read the business story behind Finebaum and ESPN’s SEC Network.

Until then, here are a few thoughts on the Finebaum phenomenon and his move to Charlotte.

For now, Finebaum can be heard online, on select radio stations in the Southeast (his show isn’t carried in Charlotte) and on ESPN podcasts. Already, the ESPN alliance has raised his profile, earning him guest appearances on ESPN’s College GameDay and College Football Live in recent weeks.

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